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Brad Pitt, (b. 1963 Shawnee, Oklahoma) U.S. actor

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William Bradley Pitt

brad_pitt.jpgWilliam Bradley "Brad" Pitt was born 18 Dec 1963 in Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, the eldest of three children born to William Alvin Pitt, who worked in management at a truck company and his wife Jane Etta Hillhouse, a high school counselor. Along with his brother Doug (b. 1966) and sister Julie Neal (b. 1969), he grew up in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, where the family moved soon after his birth. Pitt was raised a Baptist. He attended Kickapoo High School, where he was involved in sports, debating, student government, and acting. He attended the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri–Columbia, but dropped out before getting his degree. He is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
His first speaking role was in 1988 in The Dark Side of the Sun, however his first widely known role was as the cowboy drifter "J.D." in Thelma and Louise (1991), which showed him without his shirt.

Brad Pitt married on 29 Jul 2000 at Malibu Beach, Los Angeles County, California to Jennifer Joanne Aniston who had been born 11 Feb 1969 in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles County the daughter of John Aniston and his wife Nancy Dow. They seperated on 7 Jan 2005, Jennifer filed for a divorce 25 Mar 2005, but the divorce was not finalized until 2 Oct 2005.

He is currently in a relationship with Angelina Jolie (b. 1975), they have one biological child together, and they have three other children, two which Brad adopted post facto, and one other they adopted jointly. Angelina also happens to be the daughter of actor Jon Voight and actress Marcheline Bertrand.
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Brad Pitt starred in the 2004 Movie Troy. Watch it on YouTube at this link.

Secondary sources for 1

William Alvin Pitt

William Alvin Pitt was born 24 Mar 1941 "presumably in Cleveland County, Oklahoma", the son of Alvin Monroe Pitt and his wife Elizabeth Jean Brown.

According to his father, Alvin Monroe Pitt's funeral notice in Mar 1959, "Billy" was then living in Shawnee, Oklahoma. On 11 Aug 1962 while a resident of Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma he married, in Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri to Jane Etta Hillhouse, a resident of that town.

The family were living in 1963 in Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma when their son William Bradley "Brad" Pitt was born there that year, but shortly thereafter moved to Springfield, Greene County, Missouri where their three children grew up.

William Alvin Pitt has been called both "the owner of a trucking company" and "working in management for a trucking company."

Primary sources for 2

  • Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002 : "License: William A Pitt of Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, age 21; Jane E Hillhouse of Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri, age 21, dated 8 Aug 1962; Certificate: Thurman D Kelley, Minister, did at Joplin, Jasper County on 11 Aug 1962 did unite the above named persons."

Secondary sources for 2

Jane Etta Hillhouse

Jane Etta Hillhouse was born in Missouri in 1940/1, the daughter of Hal Knox Hillhouse and his wife Clara Maurine Bell.

On 11 Aug 1962, in Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri as a resident of that town, she married William Alvin Pitt, a resident of Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.

The family was living in 1963 in Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma when their son William Bradley "Brad" Pitt was born there that year, but shortly thereafter moved to Springfield, Greene County, Missouri where their three children grew up.

Primary sources for 3

  • Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002 : "License: William A Pitt of Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, age 21; Jane E Hillhouse of Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri, age 21, dated 8 Aug 1962; Certificate: Thurman D Kelley, Minister, did at Joplin, Jasper County on 11 Aug 1962 did unite the above named persons."

Secondary sources for 3

Alvin Monroe Pitt

Alvin Monroe Pitt was born on 7 Mar 1913 in Haworth, McCurtain County, Oklahoma, the son of Oliver Brown Pitt and Rosa Lee Dorris. Robert Yerton reports that "the funeral notice for Alvin in The Mobile Register, states that Alvin was a native of Hayworth, Oklahoma."

Alvin's parents must have just recently married as Oliver is yet single in the 1910 census living with his parents. Alvin's parents divorced between 1912 and 1920, with his father marrying secondly Ellen Unknown with whom he appears as his wife in the 1920 census.

I haven't yet found Alvin nor his mother Rosa "Rosie" in the 1920 census but she married secondly to Henry Wheatley and thirdly in Dec 1924 in Union County to William "Bill" Spooner. Alvin is living with his mother and step-father in 1930 in Smackover Township, Ouachita County, Arkansas.

Alvin must have moved back to Oklahoma, and married Elizabeth Jean "Betty" by 1941 as his son William Alvin Pitt is said-to-have been born in or near Cleveland County, Oklahoma that year. Alvin and Betty must have divorced and Alvin then moved back to Mobile County, Alabama.

Alvin Monroe Pitt, died on 4 Mar 1959 in Mobile County, Alabama and is buried there in Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery, the same cemetery his mother would be buried in fourteen years later. His funeral notice appeared in the Mobile Register. His mother was the informant on his death certificate as "Mrs Rosa Spooner".

Primary sources for 4

  • 1930 Census of Smackover Township, Ouachita County, Arkansas : "Bill Spooner, Head, owns home, worth $2000, Male, White, 33, married first at age 28, born AL/AL/GA, premper ?, Creek Oil Prod.; Rosie, wife, female, white, age 30, married first at age 25 [sic], born AR/AL/AR, saleslady, dry goods store; Alvin Pitt, step-son, male, white, 17, single, born OK/MO/MO; Lewis Dorris, nephew, male, white, 17, single, born AR/AR/AR"

Secondary sources for 4

  • "Brad Pitt", his ancestry at genealogy.com
  • "Brad Pitt", ancestral research by plaxamate@yahoo.com (whoever this is)
  • "Alvin Monroe Pitt", The Robert Yerton Family Homepage by Robert Roland Yerton, Jr. of Tulsa, Oklahoma robertyerton@cox.net
  • "Reader seeks information on Pitt family", 30 Jan 2008 "My great-great grandfather was William H. Pitt, who was born in North Carolina in 1818. He married Cynthia Parker in Marshall County, Ala., on May 30, 1841. My great-grandfather Thomas M. Pitt was born in 1848 in Alabama. Thomas married my great-grandmother, Margaret Mahan, in Monroe County, Miss., in 1868. Margaret died sometime after 1880 and Thomas later married a woman named Belle Armer (could have been Belle Armon or Belle Ray). It is believed that Thomas and Belle had one son named Oliver Pitt. My great-uncle Oliver moved from Hayworth, Okla., to Louisiana. He and his wife, Rosa Lee Dorriss, had a son, Alvin Monroe Pitt, my father's first cousin, who lived in Mobile and died there March 4, 1959. I have been told that Alvin was the grandfather of Brad Pitt, the actor. I've also been told that Alvin M. Pitt's obituary in the Mobile Register stated that his son "Billy" was living in Shawnee, Okla. at that time. William (Billy) Alvin Pitt was the father of Brad Pitt, who was born in Shawnee in Pottawatomi County, Okla. in 1963. I understand also that the Isbells are cousins of Brad Pitt. Would anyone in the Mobile area help me locate Alvin M. Pitt's obituary to verify this information? This would be very much appreciated. Karen Pitt Blaylock 508 Eduardo St. Anthony, TX 79821 E-mail: Swennie2@yahoo.com"

Elizabeth Jean Brown

Elizabeth Jean "Betty" Brown was born in 1922 in Oklahoma, the daughter of Lester B Brown and his wife Una Valerie Coker. In 1930 the family is living in Bethany, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma.

Betty married firstly, probably in Oklahoma to Alvin Monroe Pitt. They evidently lived in or near Cleveland County, Oklahoma in 1941 where their son William was supposed to have been born that year.

Betty and Alvin must have divorced prior to 1959 when he died in Mobile, Alabama as the informant on his death certificate was his mother "Mrs Rosa Spooner."

Betty lastly married a Mr Russell. She currently lives in Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma as "Betty J Russell".

Primary sources for 5

Secondary sources for 5

  • "Elizabeth Jean 'Betty' Brown", The Robert Yerton Family Homepage by Robert Roland Yerton, Jr. of Tulsa, Oklahoma robertyerton@cox.net
  • Brad visits grandmother, dated 24 Apr 2008
  • "Elizabeth Jean Brown" on OneWorldTree
    • Purported Ascents, and my opinion as to whether they are false or suspicious:
      1. Mark Ogle who had a grant of arms in 1535, but flawed by attaching Henry Ogle b 1600 as a a son of Luke known to have died in 1582
      2. William Purefoy + Katherine Wigston, but through the probably specious connection of some "Francis Purefoy" purported to be their son and had issue
      3. William Ruthven, 1st Earl of Gowrie + Dorothea Stewart, but by assigning some "Alexander" Ruthven, fictitiously as their son
      4. Ambrose Sutton+Sarah Warner and Nathaniel Tilden+Lydia Huckstep. This ascent is going to depend on proving this http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Trail/1262/Sutton-Nat.html
      5. David Crawford and his wife Jane of New Kent County, Virginia, but ignoring the flaw that Jane's maiden name is not known, and that David's grandfather as the Malcolm Crawford who d 1592 has been disproved.

Hal Knox Hillhouse

Hal Knox Hillhouse was born 13 Mar 1911 and died 15 Nov 1976.

Secondary sources for 6

  • "Hal Knox Hillhouse" on OneWorldTree, pedigree view
    • Purported Ascents, and my opinion as to whether they are false or suspicious:
      1. Via the Dickey family, then via the McIlvaines to Gilbert Kennedy (d. 1527), 2nd Earl of Cassillis and his wife Isabel Campbell
      2. Via the Dobbin family, then via the Boyd family, then via the Craig family to here, then up to here. "James V Stewart" there is King James V of Scotland.
      3. Alternatively by the same route, up to here. Robert Stewart, the husband of Elizabeth Mure there, is King Robert II of Scotland.
      4. The Bethune/Beaton line looks bizarre to me, I can't yet comment on it, it seems completely mixed up.
      5. Via the Gibson family to the Oakes family to the Harrison family gets to here Elizabeth Bernard has a royal ascent through the Bernard family then to the Scrope family
      6. Via the Gibson family to the Knox family comes to here. Obviously some potential there
      7. Via the Gibson family to the Gaston family yields a surprise here. Probably not true, but worth checking out.
      8. Via the Button family, then the Hopper family, then the Freeman family, then the Bennett family, we run into a one ascending from Princess Diana yielding some new data on her own ascent if true

Clara Maurine Bell

Secondary sources for 7

Oliver Brown Pitt

Oliver Brown Pitt was born 24 Aug 1891 in Honey Grove, Fannin County, Texas, the son of Thomas Monroe Pitt and his wife Mary Isabella "Belle" Armor. In 1910, he is single and living with his parents in Webster County, Louisiana. However sometime before early 1913 he must have either married or had a relationship with Rosa Lee Dorris and by this they had their son Alvin Monroe Pitt, born 7 Mar 1913 in Haworth, McCurtain County, Oklahoma.

Oliver appears in a World War I Draft Registation Card living in 1917 in Haworth, McCurtain County, Oklahoma where he states that he is then married and working in a saw mill. It's not yet clear if he was still married to Rosa (if they ever married at all), or if he here is married already to his second wife Ellen Unknown. He and Ellen appear in the 1920 census, married, no children, living in McCurtain County, Oklahoma.

In 1922/3, Oliver married thirdly to Hazel Unknown, and by 1930 they had moved back to Webster County, Louisiana where he is living with his wife, 6-year-old son Stanton Pitt and widowed mother Belle.

Primary sources for 8

  • 1910 Census of Police Jury Ward 2, Webster County, Louisiana : "Thomas M Pitt, Head, white, male, 61, married second time, 20 years ago, AL/TN/GA, Farmer, General Farm, rents home; Belle, wife, female, white, 56, married second time, 20 years ago, mother of 4, 3 living, TN/TN/TN, no occupation; Oliver, son, male, white, 18, single, TX/AL/TN, farm labor, home farm; (also living with them is the William Alford family)"
  • World War I Draft Registration Cards : "Oliver Brown Pitt of Haworth, Okla., born 24 Aug 1891 in Honey Grove, Texas; Saw Mill Labor for Anne Shoveltowl Co near Harris Okla; married; primary support of mother and father; medium build, medium height, light blue eyes, brown hair, no disabilities; 5 Jun 1917"
  • 1920 Census of Frisco, McCurtain County, Oklahoma : "Oliver Pitt, boarder, male, white, 28, married, TX/AL/TN, Carpenter, house; Ellen, boarder, female, white, 25, married, MO/TN/MO, no occupation"
  • 1930 Census of Police Jury Ward 2, Webster County, Louisiana : "Oliver B Pitt, Head, rents home, 38, married, first at 31, TX/AL/TN, Farmer, General farm; Hazel, wife, 23, married first at 15, SC/NC/SC, no occupation; Stanton C, son, 6, LA/TX/SC; Bell Pitt, mother, 76, widow, TN/TN/TN, helper"

Secondary sources for 8

  • "Reader seeks information on Pitt family", 30 Jan 2008 "My great-great grandfather was William H. Pitt, who was born in North Carolina in 1818. He married Cynthia Parker in Marshall County, Ala., on May 30, 1841. My great-grandfather Thomas M. Pitt was born in 1848 in Alabama. Thomas married my great-grandmother, Margaret Mahan, in Monroe County, Miss., in 1868. Margaret died sometime after 1880 and Thomas later married a woman named Belle Armer (could have been Belle Armon or Belle Ray). It is believed that Thomas and Belle had one son named Oliver Pitt. My great-uncle Oliver moved from Hayworth, Okla., to Louisiana. He and his wife, Rosa Lee Dorriss, had a son, Alvin Monroe Pitt, my father's first cousin, who lived in Mobile and died there March 4, 1959. I have been told that Alvin was the grandfather of Brad Pitt, the actor. I've also been told that Alvin M. Pitt's obituary in the Mobile Register stated that his son "Billy" was living in Shawnee, Okla. at that time. William (Billy) Alvin Pitt was the father of Brad Pitt, who was born in Shawnee in Pottawatomi County, Okla. in 1963. I understand also that the Isbells are cousins of Brad Pitt. Would anyone in the Mobile area help me locate Alvin M. Pitt's obituary to verify this information? This would be very much appreciated. Karen Pitt Blaylock 508 Eduardo St. Anthony, TX 79821 E-mail: Swennie2@yahoo.com"

Rosa Lee Dorris

Rosa Lee Dorris was born 6 Jun 1893 in Camden, Ouachita County, Arkansas, the daughter of George Washington Dorris and his wife Nancy Rosaleen Smith.

She married first to Oliver Brown Pitt between 1910 and 1912 and they had a son Alvin Monroe Pitt born 7 Mar 1913 in Haworth, McCurtain County, Oklahoma. She and Oliver divorced before 1920, she remarried to Henry Wheatley. On 8 Dec 1924 in Union County, Arkansas she married thirdly to William Monroe "Bill" Spooner, and they moved back to Ouachita County, where they appear in the 1930 census.

When her son Alvin died in Mobile, Alabama in 1959, Rosa was the informant on his death certificate and she was then described as living in "Spring Hill, Alabama".

Rosa Lee Dorris died 5 Oct 1973 in Spring Hill or possibly in Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, and is buried there in Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Primary sources for 9

  • 1930 Census of Smackover Township, Ouachita County, Arkansas : "Bill Spooner, Head, owns home, worth $2000, Male, White, 33, married first at age 28, born AL/AL/GA, premper ?, Creek Oil Prod.; Rosie, wife, female, white, age 30, married first at age 25 [sic], born AR/AL/AR, saleslady, dry goods store; Alvin Pitt, step-son, male, white, 17, single, born OK/MO/MO; Lewis Dorris, nephew, male, white, 17, single, born AR/AR/AR"

Secondary sources for 9

Lester B Brown

Lester B Brown was born 1902/3 in Oklahoma. Some trees in the Ancestry World Tree project claim that he was born on Sep 1902 and was the son of George Washington Brown and his wife Cynthia Martin. I'm not happy so far with those sources that do not cite any underlying source. The main thing that bugs me is that in the 1930 census Lester B Brown's birthstates are given as "OK/MN/NE". This is a very odd response as you can see. The parents ascribed to him however were both born AR which is a rather normal response for an Okie. I would really like to see some better sources on his purported parents.

He married Una Valerie Coker about 1921/2, probably in Oklahoma. Their eldest child Elizabeth Jean "Bettie" Brown was born about 1922/3. In 1930 the family was living in Bethany, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma where he was a freight agent for the railroad.

Lester Brown and Una Coker divorced, probably in Oklahoma.

Primary Sources for 10

Secondary Sources for 10

  • "Lester B Brown", on the Shaun Family Tree by cs1858, at the Ancestry World Tree project

Una Valerie Coker

Other than her first husband Lester Brown, Una was also married to Charles Cerba (1896-1978), a native of Cleveland, Ohio who died in Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.

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Secondary Sources for 11

Further research on 11

Emory A Hillhouse

Etta Coleman Williams

Finis Bell

Lenora Jane Hammer

Thomas Monroe Pitt

Thomas Monroe Pitt was born 1848/9 in Alabama.

Thomas was married twice. By his first wife Margaret he had a number of children. After her death, he married secondly in 1888 in Hempstead County, Arkansas to Mary Isabella "Bell" Armor and they had one surviving child Oliver Brown Pitt, born 1891 in Honey Grove, Fannin County, Texas.

Thomas Monroe Pitt died sometime between 1910 and 1930, probably in Webster County, Louisiana. In 1930 his widow "Bell" is living, as "mother" and a widow, with her son Oliver in Webster County, Louisiana.

Primary sources for 16

  • 1880 Census of Precinct 3, Lamar County, Texas : "Thomas M Pitt, 32, Farmer AL/TN/AL; Margaret, 32, Keeping House AL/SC/SC; William M 10 TX/AL/AL; Charles T 5 TX/AL/AL; George A 4 TX/AL/AL; John R Apr 1880 TX/AL/AL"
  • 1910 Census of Police Jury Ward 2, Webster County, Louisiana : "Thomas M Pitt, Head, white, male, 61, married second time, 20 years ago, AL/TN/GA, Farmer, General Farm, rents home; Belle, wife, female, white, 56, married second time, 20 years ago, mother of 4, 3 living, TN/TN/TN, no occupation; Oliver, son, male, white, 18, single, TX/AL/TN, farm labor, home farm; (also living with them is the William Alford family)"
  • 1930 Census of Police Jury Ward 2, Webster County, Louisiana : "Oliver B Pitt, Head, rents home, 38, married, first at 31, TX/AL/TN, Farmer, General farm; Hazel, wife, 23, married first at 15, SC/NC/SC, no occupation; Stanton C, son, 6, LA/TX/SC; Bell Pitt, mother, 76, widow, TN/TN/TN, helper"

Mary Isabella Armor

Primary sources for 17

  • 1910 Census of Police Jury Ward 2, Webster County, Louisiana : "Thomas M Pitt, Head, white, male, 61, married second time, 20 years ago, AL/TN/GA, Farmer, General Farm, rents home; Belle, wife, female, white, 56, married second time, 20 years ago, mother of 4, 3 living, TN/TN/TN, no occupation; Oliver, son, male, white, 18, single, TX/AL/TN, farm labor, home farm; (also living with them is the William Alford family)"
  • 1930 Census of Police Jury Ward 2, Webster County, Louisiana : "Oliver B Pitt, Head, rents home, 38, married, first at 31, TX/AL/TN, Farmer, General farm; Hazel, wife, 23, married first at 15, SC/NC/SC, no occupation; Stanton C, son, 6, LA/TX/SC; Bell Pitt, mother, 76, widow, TN/TN/TN, helper"

George Washington Dorris

Nancy Rosaleen Smith

Mr Brown

Mrs Brown

Richard Ogle Coker

Laura Trotter

Elijah B Hillhouse

Melinda B Morris

Henry Thomas Williams

Ida May Isbell

William Saterfield Bell

Sarah Elizabeth Neece

Felix Emery Hammer

Sarah Angeline Parker

Possibly Royal Ascents

Possible Ascent One

As given by OneWorldTree and not yet confirmed, that Brad Pitt ascends to the couple Nathaniel Tilden and Lydia Huckstep. Nathaniel is known to ascend to Edward I, King of England 1272-1307

  1. Brad Pitt 1963-
  2. William Alvin Pitt 1941-
  3. Elizabeth Jean Brown 1922-
  4. Una Coker 1903-98
  5. Laura Trotter 1873-1952
  6. John Trotter 1831-1889
  7. John Trotter 1807-1884
  8. Asa White 1782-1852
  9. Meady White ~1750-~1804
  10. Mary Hardy
  11. Rebecca Byrd ~1692
  12. Rebecca Sutton 1676-1758
  13. Nathaniel Sutton 1643-82
  14. Sarah Tilden 1613-77
  15. Nathaniel Tilden 1583-1641
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